Contributed by Tate House Museum
The Tates, one of the leading merchant families in Portland during the colonial era, owned a small collection of Chinese export porcelain, including this cup and saucer. It is decorated with a brown glaze known as Batavian type. Shards from tea wares with the same decoration were recovered archaeologically at Tate House in the 1950s.
George Tate (1700-1794) came to Portland with his family in about 1750 and served as the king's mast agent for the Royal Navy until the Revolutionary War.
About This Item
- Title: Batavian cup and saucer, Portland, ca. 1760
- Creation Date: circa 1760
- Subject Date: circa 1760
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Porcelain
- Dimensions: 4.13 cm x 12.07 cm
- Local Code: 1980.7 a, b
- Object Type: Physical Object
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
- Tate family
- Tate, George, 1700-1794--Stroudwater (Portland, Me.)
- Tate House (Portland, Me.)
- Tate, George, 1700-1794--Associated objects
- Tate, George, 1700-1794--Homes and haunts--Maine--Portland
- Merchants--United States--History--18th century
- Merchants--United States--History--19th century
For more information about this item, contact:Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
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